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You will believe in fairies,
This review is from: Peter Pan (2003) [DVD] (DVD)
How this film got overlooked when released in cinemas is unbelievable, when this film is utterly enchanting, I'll never know, but I think it will become a loved classic in years to come.
The story doesn't really need repeating as it's so well known; Peter whisks away Wendy, Michael and John to Neverland where all the adventure takes place.
Personally, I've always found Peter Pan to be a rather irritating character but the casting in this film is spot on.
The film rests on the performance of Pan and Jeremy Sumpter is perfect. He has the scruffed up looks of a fallen angel and is charming without being smarmy and smug. He is alarmingly seductive when whispering into Wendy's ear to fly away to Never Neverland and not 'worry about grown up things again'.
He plays every facet of Pan's character of being boyish, flirtatious, selfish, heroic, stubborn, vulnerable and scared stiff of growing up. The only criticism is that he can't convincingly play the panpipes but thankfully that's just one scene.
Jeremy has great on-screen chemistry with Rachel Hurd-Wood (Wendy) which is important as a romance unfolds at the centre of the story. Wendy is the more mature character who is torn between living happily in Neverland and never growing up. Rachel is feisty and strong and she never hits a false note in her acting which is amazing, considering it is her acting debut.
The adventures of the children make for compelling viewing as the scenery and special effects are actually magical (take note Harry Potter) and enchanting. Watching the children fly for the first time is breathtaking and wholly believable. The attention to detail is first class. You may not have even noticed a human face shining on Pan and the children as they reach Never Neverland. Seeing a ship sail through the clouds and Wendy and Peter dancing amongst the trees are all images that will stay in the memory.
The music score is utterly gorgeous and fits the film nicely.
There's plenty of action, adventure, funny moments, sadness but ultimately it's the romance which takes centre stage. This may be too 'soppy' for some viewers (I think boys might be put off by it) but it still holds up as a fantastic, entertaining piece.